Adrianna Mateo
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Adrianna Mateo

New York, New York, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2015 | MAJOR

New York, New York, United States | MAJOR
Established on Jan, 2015
Solo Rock Singer/Songwriter




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Still working on that hot first release.


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Picture an aperture opening and closing. Each medium requires different degrees of focus,” explains Adrianna Mateo, a polymath perpetually in evolutionary motion.

Adrianna is a solo violinist, a pop-rock singer-songwriter, and an actress. The constant within her work is imbuing each artistic endeavor with methodical attention and unbound emotional investment.

As a twenty-something performer, Adrianna has been hailed a “rising artist” by the New York Times. TimeOut New York praised her solo debut at the Bang On A Can Marathon as being “triumphant.” Adrianna’s live appearance highlights include The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, performing at Carnegie Hall, simultaneous performances on stage at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Metropolitan Opera (in an acting role), and many international tours, including dates in Europe, South Africa, and Southeast Asia. Having already recorded several times for renowned film composer Philip Glass, Adrianna recently joined the artist roster of New Amsterdam Records as a solo violinist; her original music, publicly supported by Nico Muhly, is now available on iTunes, Google Play, YouTube, and SoundCloud.

Adrianna is a first-generation child of Filipino, Spanish, and Chinese parents. Growing up, she instinctively knew she was born into a world of opportunities not afforded to her parents, who had to sidestep their creative inclinations for practical realities. At eight years old, she asked her parents for a violin, understanding the weighty responsibility that came with the instrument: she had to make the most of the possibilities now available to her.

With steely resolve Adrianna mastered the violin, often clocking up to six hours a day in the practice room. Along the way, her creative appetite became equally voracious. Currently, Adrianna is performance proficient on six instruments; she draws from a diverse palette of inspirations including Bach, Debussy, Keith Jarrett, Bill Evans, Taylor Swift, Jeff Buckley, John Mayer, Jennifer Lawrence, and Jesse Eisenberg.

Adrianna formally announces her pop-rock career with the ethereal epic “Coney Island.” Previously, Adrianna issued the achingly beautiful “August Sun” and the visceral alt-rocker “Like A Little Kid With A Raging Heart.” Adrianna’s pop exudes the sweeping emotional dynamics inherent in classical music with passages that vacillate between lush strings, propulsive drums, and burly guitars. “I want to make hearts race,” she says of her artistic intent.

At the core of her songs is a singer-songwriter sense of vulnerability. Her singing exudes a sweet longing – her voice is an instrument of pristine pitch and smoldering expressivity. Her debut single, “Coney Island,” brims with personal revelation. As a kid, Adrianna would pass Coney Island on her morning trek to school. In her mind, the theme park epitomized a freedom and carefreeness just out of reach. Within the song’s narrative, Coney Island is a metaphor for a romantic relationship that threatens to slip through her fingers.

The single’s accompanying video is a stunning piece of intimate performance, showcasing some of Adrianna’s finest work in front of the camera. For her whole life, she had been plagued by nightmares of drowning. In the video for “Coney Island,” she plays violin while sinking into a pool until completely submerged. “While we were making the video, I had to willfully empty my lungs of air and keep the violin from popping up to the surface. It felt like everything was fighting me,” she recalls.

Sage wisdom and scrappy resourcefulness have been hallmarks of Adrianna’s creative odyssey. Many times in her life Adrianna has had a performance itinerary, but not a sure place to live. She’s couch-surfed, apartment-sat, and pet-walked to realize her artistic ambitions. She says: “If you want something, the opportunity always shows itself to you. It’s up to you to step through the door.”

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